DIET

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Break­fast: “I start the day with fresh pa­paya and oats – some­times with ce­real or or­ganic muesli mixed with wal­nuts – or scram­bled eggs with black pep­per.” Lunch: “I usu­ally have some­thing that will sus­tain me through­out the day, like aglio olio pasta. There’s this cosy café in my neigh­bour­hood called Ame­lios; the fresh tomato soup, mush­room pizza, and black se­same ge­lato are just amaz­ing.” Din­ner: “It could be teriyaki chicken, or I might have a quinoa salad with toma­toes and feta cheese. I al­ways use ground black pep­per and sea salt as condi­ments, which you can grind your­self from those stain­less steel can­is­ters. I shop of­ten at Ben’s and Mer­cato for my in­gre­di­ents.” Dessert: “I didn’t think I would like ice-cream made from black se­same seeds but I do. It’s unique and re­ally re­fresh­ing. I also like to have choco­late, and car­rot cake oc­ca­sion­ally – Alexis serves the best.”

FIT­NESS

“I play ten­nis and tap dance. [Struys has over 20 years of tap dance ex­pe­ri­ence un­der her belt.] I love hik­ing through na­ture in FRIM. I reg­u­larly med­i­tate at home to keep my­self grounded and to help clear men­tal clut­ter. Stop­ping to med­i­tate when I find my­self in a beau­ti­ful spot out­doors where I just want to sit and en­joy the re­lax­ing sur­round­ings is not un­usual for me ei­ther, even if it’s only for a few pre­cious mo­ments. Keep­ing ac­tive, I try to drink a lot of wa­ter through­out the day to stay hy­drated. Wa­ter is so im­por­tant; it re­plen­ishes your en­ergy.”

BEAUTY

“I al­ways thor­oughly re­move all make-up at the end of the day, no mat­ter how tired I am. I’m ac­tu­ally us­ing a va­ri­ety of brands; af­ter my cleanser I fol­low up with Estée Lauder Op­ti­mizer In­ten­sive Hy­dra­tion Boost­ing toner, and a full regime – Clin­ique Re­pair­wear is su­perb; Kin­erase C8 Pep­tide In­ten­sive Treat­ment serum; and Kin­erase Ad­vanced Lo­tion. At night, I also put on Estée Lauder Ad­vanced Night Re­pair. I like Ae­sopPars­ley Seed Cleansing Masque to re­move im­pu­ri­ties, The Body Shop Honey & Oat 3-in-1 Scrub Mask for when my skin is feel­ing dry, and the Char­coal Mask from Ori­gins.

As for make-up, I love Shu Ue­mura’s foun­da­tions, and I tend to pick up my eye­shad­ows and liq­uid eye­lin­ers from MAC as it has such a wide range of beau­ti­ful colours. Usu­ally, I just ap­ply mas­cara and blush, then maybe dust on some light pow­der – I love Clin­ique’s face pow­der – and I am all set.

I visit Rick Lee of Sig­na­ture Sense Stu­dio to get my hair cut; and my home treat­ments are usu­ally from Pure­ol­ogy be­cause it is nat­u­ral and 100 per­cent ve­gan. Oh, and I sim­ply love Kéras­tase Oléo-Re­lax for a good pam­per­ing ses­sion.

Harnn and Thann Lemon­grass Scrub from Thai­land is my favourite when­ever I re­ally need to ex­fo­li­ate my body; L’Occitane Ver­bena Sea Salt Scrub is fan­tas­tic, too. Fra­grance com­pletes my wardrobe. I usu­ally head out with a spritz of DKNY Be De­li­cious, or Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue.”

Ex­plor­ing a new sen­su­al­ity

Tip­ping her hat to bor­rowed­from-the­boys chic

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